Alongside the Galaxy Note 10, iPhone 11 and Pixel 4, Huawei’s Mate 30 is one of the most anticipated smartphones for 2019. While Huawei is definitely on the defensive right now with its difficulties with the U.S., the Mate series has established a reputation for delivering innovative features and powerful core functionality.
With the likely release date due in a matter of months, there’s already been some Mate 30 leaks and rumors circulating, with more likely to come as the reveal event draws nearer. Read on to find out the latest news and a feature-by-feature breakdown of what we expect to find in the new Huawei phone.
Latest Mate 30 News (Updated August 16)
- The Mate 30 looks to have a 'waterfall display', with sharp edges that still show on-screen content, based on recent spy shots.
- Another leaked case image now points to a circular camera bump on the back of the phone, rather than the rectangle we've previously seen.
- Information allegedly leaked from a Huawei executive indicates a September release date for the Mate 30 in Europe, and the use of a new CPU, the Kirin 990.
- A leak from Weibo claims that the Mate 30 will have 25W wireless charging capabilities, which would make it the fastest wirelessly charging phone in the world.
Huawei Mate 30 release date and price
Based on the launches of the Mate 10 and Mate 20, the two previous phones in the series, it’s expected that Huawei will officially reveal the Mate 30 in October 2019. In terms of price, the Mate 20’s list price is £699 for the standard and £899 for the Pro version, so expect a price that is at least equal to that if not a little more.
You can buy the international version of these phones in the U.S. for similar amounts in USD via Amazon, but it’s unlikely you'll ever be able to purchase these handsets through a U.S. carrier.
A possible release date for the Mate 30 has been revealed by Dr. Wang Chenglu, Huawei Consumer’s president of software. He said that September 19 would be the European launch date according to hi-tech.mail.ru, which is earlier than the expected date.
Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro
As was the case with the Mate 20, we’re expecting both a standard Mate 30 and a Mate 30 Pro to be available. The Pro will be the more expensive model with all the kit that Huawei can throw at it, while the standard will be substantially the same phone, but with some of the advanced features missing in return for a price cut.
Huawei’s just released the 5G edition of the Mate 20, named the Mate 20 X, and the flexible Mate X is also meant to be 5G compatible, using the same Balong 5000 modem.
It’s rumored that the Mate 30 will also have 5G networking, but in a version separate from the initially available devices, much like Samsung is rumored to be doing with its Note 10+ 5G model. A product roadmap published by Russian site Hi-Tech indicates a possible December 2019 release for the Mate 30 5G.
Mate 30 battery and charging
The current assumption is that the Mate 30 will have a 4,200 mAH battery, which is the same as the one providing power to the P30 Pro. The P30 Pro made it on our list of phones with the best battery life, lasting nearly 13 hours on the Tom's Guide web surfing test.
The other rumor for the Mate 30 is a 55W fast charging system, which would be even faster than the 40W charging on the previous model.
According to a leaker on Chinese social network Weibo, the Mate 30 will be getting 25W wireless charging, which is not only an upgrade to the P30 Pro’s 15W wireless charging but would also make the Mate 30 the world’s fastest wirelessly charging phone. It would also make it faster than the default wired charging speed for its rival, the Galaxy Note 10.
Display and fingerprint sensor
The rumored size for the Mate 30’s screen is 6.71-inches. That’s a touch smaller than the alleged 6.8-inches of the Galaxy Note 10+, but still far larger than the standard 6.3-inch Note 10, or the 6.4/6.5-inch displays of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Sadly, it’s still smaller than the Mate 20 X, which has a colossal 7.2-inch screen, but that’s excessive for a phone.
Leaked images from prolific leaker Ice Universe show display protectors for the Mate 30, and new ones from an unknown Weibo user show it’s quite similar to the P30 Pro’s display - an OLED screen with curved edges.
This is typical of this year’s crop of premium smartphones, so these images are fairly easy to believe. It’s not guaranteed, of course, since the standard P30 doesn’t have a curved screen. It’s possible that the Mate 30 will follow this pattern, sporting a flat-display while the Mate 30 Pro could be curved.
More images posted by Ice Universe of the Mate 30, apparently taken on a subway train once again, give us a side angle shot shows a very sharp angled ‘waterfall display’, like we’ve seen in sneak peaks from Oppo.
As with the Mate 20 and the P30 series, there will most likely be a in-display fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone, although many are speculating that the left part of the top bezel might be hiding some similar 3D face unlocking tech to the iPhone XS.
Mate 30 cameras
One of the most distinct parts of the Mate 20 is its small square camera patch in the top center of the phone, which contained three cameras plus a flash. According to Chinese patents found online for a Mate 30-compatible case (rendered above), Huawei is planning on extending the rear camera cutout, which likely means at least one more camera.
In contrast, other rumors point towards a circular patch on the back. Ice Universe posted an image (allegedly from another leaker on Weibo) that show a circular body with a vertical line off to the side, presumably the flash.
You can see a plastic window on the back of the disguise case (pictured above) which hides where the rear cameras would be, which at least looks to match the general location of the leaked case, as does the exposed flash module on the phone's left side.
The P30 Pro, Huawei’s other top-tier smartphone released earlier this year, came with four cameras on its back (if you include the TOF sensor), and introduced a 1.17-inch ‘SuperSpectrum’ sensor, which gives the phone an amazing level of light sensitivity with its photos thanks to its large size and well designed software accompanying it.
Twitter leaker Ice Universe has recently hinted at the Mate 30 having two 40MP cameras. A diagram they tweeted shows how much larger the two Huawei sensors are in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10’s single 12MP sensor. One of these looks to be the same 1.17-inch sensor that the P30 Pro uses, but there’s also a larger 1.55-inch sensor in the image, likely the tech behind the Mate 30’s headlining camera.
Processor, RAM and Storage
The Mate series has tended to be where Huawei shows off its newest internal hardware, and there have been rumors published by News.QQ (translated by GSMArena) from ‘internal sources’ of a Kirin 985 processor being part of the Mate 30. This would be a step up from the Kirin 980 currently in use in top-tier Huawei and Honor phones.
The same rumors as above say that there will be 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, respectively in the Mate 30. This follows previous trends, but doesn’t match up to the 12GB and 1TB combinations we are seeing in some other handsets.
Dr. Wang Chenglu, a hi-tech.mail.ru source claims, says the Mate 30 will indeed feature an upgraded CPU, but this will be known as the Kirin 990, not the 985. HiSilicon, manufacturers of the Kirin series of chips, has sometimes made intermediate versions of its existing CPUs, before updating to a fully new generation, but it hasn't done so for a few years. The Kirin 985 would be an interesting upgrade, but the 990 would be even more so, since it carries with it the implications of far greater performance and efficiency upgrades.
Assuming Huawei manages to stick with Android (which has looked very unlikely in previous months but is now perhaps more probable), it’s reasonable to assume that the Mate 30 will run on EMUI 9.1, which itself uses Android 9.0 Pie as a base.
It’s a pleasant enough OS to use, with useful options such as switching between different grid layouts and having or not having an app drawer. Huawei does load lots of its own apps that you’ll likely not want to use, but that’s about the only downside.
Considering the fallout from Huawei’s run-in with the US government, it's not clear how it will impact the launch of the Huawei Mate 30 and the features the company can include. But the Mate 30 could turn out to be a fantastic smartphone based on its rumored features and a formidable Galaxy Note 10 rival. Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to launch.